Where To Get The Best Pongal In Chennai

The rich flavour of ghee, fried cashews, pepper adding in that kick and fresh coconut chutney intensifying the taste  - aah! Pongal is bae! Our love for it is so deep that we even have a festival named after it. While most of the South Indian restaurants in Chennai serve pongal, here's a curated list of the best pongal places in the city. Happy thulping. 

Mathsya

In addition to offering the best Udipi food, Mathsya also offers delish pongal. Served with tomato and coconut chutney along with sambhar, a plate of Pongal will only cost you INR 82. 


Casual Dining

Mathsya

53/26, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

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Rayar's Mess

Being one of the three main dishes they serve, pongal at Rayar's Mess is all about simple, clean flavours you will find in paati's kitchen. Served with chutney, the pongal here has won many hearts and continues to wow people with its simplicity. A plate of pongal would cost about INR 50. 

Find the best iconic messes in Chennai here. 

Fast Food Restaurants

Rayar's Mess

31, Arundale Street, Mylapore, Chennai

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Welcome

Another iconic eatery in Chennai, Welcome Hotel's ven pongal is among the most popular dishes you'll find being packed or ordered here. Served with chutney and sambhar, this dish is widely ordered on Sundays. Just the right amount of salt, simple tempering and spicy chutney make this dish simple yet killer! One plate of pongal costs about INR 50.

Fast Food Restaurants

Welcome Hotel

112/241, Purasawalkam High Road, Purasaiwakkam, Chennai

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ID

A plate of their keerai vada and pongal will make you feel like it's Pongal everyday (or whenever you feel like celebrating it). Subtle but hard to miss flavours make the place popular among residents. They are also generous with cashews, so more crunch for you. Price for a plate of pongal costs about INR 110. 

Casual Dining

ID - Sathyam Cinema

Sathyam Cinemas Complex, 1st Floor, Plot 8, Thiruvika Road, Royapettah, Chennai

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Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Their signature pongal-vadacurry will have you going back for more. Grab some sweets too (coconut boli is TDF), and it's a mini-party. Price for a plate costs INR 70. 

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Fast Food Restaurants

A2B - Adyar Ananda Bhavan

37-F, Next To Sutherland, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai

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Ratna Cafe

This place is as iconic as it can get! Having stayed true to its flavours, Ratna Cafe has some serious loyalists and we're guilty of frequenting this place for its medhu vada and pongal. That drizzle of ghee really makes a world of difference. Price for a plate costs about INR 60. 

Casual Dining

Ratna Cafe

255, Triplicane High Road, Triplicane, Chennai

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Murugan Idly Shop

Their chutney options and idlies are hands-down the best, but you just cannot miss out on their pongal. Bathed in ghee and served with generous amount of cashews, the pongal here will win your heart. Their sweet pongal has raisins too and get sold out really fast. Price for a plate costs INR 55. 

Fast Food Restaurants

Murugan Idli Shop

46/13, North Usman Road, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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Sangeetha Veg Restaurant

A satisfying serving of Pongal along with three different chutneys and sambhar sum up Sangeetha's pongal dish. Pongal here is served for breakfast and you cannot ask for a better start to your day. That, a good old cup of suda suda kaapi. Price per plate is INR 60. 

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Casual Dining

Sangeetha Veg Restaurant

7, Gandhi Nagar, 1st Main Road, Adyar, Chennai

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The Grand Sweets & Snacks

Served between 6 am and 11 am, GSS is also great for pongal. Soft, rich in ghee but not evidently glossy, the subtle yet impactful flavours come beautifully together. Price for a serving of pongal costs INR 60. 

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Sweet Shops

The Grand Sweets & Snacks

24, 2nd Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

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